2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Finance, B.S.

Finance is the study of financial markets and institutions, the valuation of financial assets, and the allocation of assets to achieve desired financial goals.   Finance majors help the public or a corporation determine what optimal investments are and how to fund them.  Finance majors may choose a career in Financial Services – a client facing role at a bank, insurance company, stock brokerage or investment company – or in Corporate Finance – within the finance department of a corporation. 

As a Finance major in the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville, you will combine what is commonly thought of as “traditional finance” with a strong liberal arts education, focusing on technical competence, theory analysis and application, communication skills and cultural awareness. This well-rounded education teaches a love for learning and an ability to ask the critical questions that are key to life-long career success. 

Program Outcomes

A graduate of Maryville University with a major in Finance should be able to:

  1. Appropriately apply financial principles, such as the time value of money, modern portfolio theory and risk/reward tradeoffs in corporate and personal financial settings.​
  2. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of common and emerging financial instruments for the use of funding at a corporation and as an investment for an individual in order to recommend an optimal balance of risk. ​
  3. Compare and contrast the domestic and international financial markets and institutions and evaluate their performance.​
  4. Use the language of finance in both oral and written form appropriately and illustrate knowledge of current events in finance, including ethical behaviors in finance.

General Education Requirements

(39-42 credits)


(5 courses)

  • Five Humanities electives

Social Science

(2 courses)

  • Social Science electives

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning

(1 course)

  • Science elective

General Education Required for Major

(2 courses)

Finance Major Requirements

Finance majors complete 30 credit hours in Finance courses, including nine elective hours that allow students to focus on a more specific area of interest or proficiency.

(21 credits)

Business Early Access Information

Many of our undergraduate programs offer the ability for students to pursue Early Access credits that can be applied to certain graduate programs.
If you’re a qualified undergraduate student and you have not yet completed your elective requirements, we invite you to connect with an advisor and explore the possibility of utilizing our Early Access program. Click here for more information.

Graduation Requirements

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution